The Rare Personal Post™


Two hours of conciousness may not sound like much, but when you went to bed at midnight and woke up at 4:30 in an anxious fever, it certainly feels like a lot.

Everything feels bad. I don’t know. The way feelings bad starts for me is right along my scalp–the sensation of greasy hair, even though my hair is never greasy–and then trickles down my spine the way melting strawberry ice cream trickles down your knuckles in the summer, you know, uncomfortable and sticky, removable only by warm water and soap and patience, and never right there are then, and maybe never at all, it often seems. I’ve been listening to Mary Lambert for maybe an hour (God bless this woman’s wonderful soul) and thinking about the good things that are coming in the distant future (even though they’re not guaranteed or even particularly well thought-out) but so far I’ve not found a cure. Maybe I’ll have to wash it out. Maybe I can’t.

It’s in my shoulders now. Oh, well. Nothing a little screaming can’t help, and I’m sure the neighbors won’t mind.

Either way, I hope you’re all feeling better than I am. I’ll leave you with some Mary because I love you and she’s great.

Ciao for now,

Mikki

400 Followers!


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It’s so hard to wrap my head around the fact that 400 (really, now, 407) people have consciously and willingly followed this little hub of nonsense that I call mikkiaaron. I would send you each a note of my gratitude, but there’s hardly time and these 400 words should suffice.

Had someone told me three years ago that this tremendous number of individuals would be reading what I had to say, I probably would have been taken aback. “400 followers?” I would have scoffed. “Me?” But here we are. And I could not be more proud, or more pleased.

This has been quite an adventure of self-discovery and improvement. Each one of these posts represents my real situations, and my real feelings, even if they’re abstracted, and it’s been great to have the opportunity to share them with all 400 (give or take 7) of you, especially since I’ve been accepted so graciously by everyone who reads mikkiaaron.

Even now in my life, I’m having doubts about how far I can take my writing––or, rather, how far my writing can take me. However, I know that here, on this blog, there will always be a place for whatever words I need to throw into the world, and there will be someone to read those words once they’ve been tossed into the void. I put things onto mikkiaaron that I can’t say out loud; I’ve written all sorts of indirect things to people in my life, feeling safer knowing that they will never read them. Maybe that makes me weak, but it doesn’t really matter, because the words will strike someone else, and, if they don’t, they’ll remain on this blog until I need to see them again.

The transformations my writing has undergone between the time I started out and now are simply preposterous. I can recall the excitement when that first “like” rolled in after my first-ever post, and a bit of that still exists with every notification that comes. A lot of you guys come by quite often, and it’s almost like you’re my…fans. It’s weird to use that word, especially since I’m still a measly amateur. What I mean to say is that it makes me something beyond happy to see people coming back to read whatever bit of writing is new. That, by itself, is absolutely fantastic. Nine-fantastic_zps40b2eaf8

Thank you all so much for being a part of mikkiaaron.

Ciao for now,

Mikki

New Hollow


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Left to Right: Chad Blashford (drums), Evan West (vocals, guitar), and Mookie Clouse (vocals, guitar).

It’s about time I introduced you all to my favorite band.

New Hollow performed wonderfully when I saw them a few weeks ago. Even though I knew very few of the songs they played, as many are yet unreleased,the concert enthralled me the whole time. They are very talented and very enthusiastic on stage. Their live performance was just as good as any studio recording, a feat not many bands can attest to.

After the show, I had the unique privilege of meeting them. I brought all of my CD’s, and Mookie, Evan, and Chad obliged me by signing them. They were very friendly and willing to talk, a pleasant surprise.

This was definitely among the best nights of my life. Meeting them was on my bucket list, but I never thought that dream would ever come true. And now there are pictures to prove that it did.

Signed shirt and 5 CD's.

Signed shirt and 5 CD’s (one was signed years ago, but I felt like it needed to be included).

They play a sort of classic-rock-inspired pop rock––hard enough that it made my whole body move with the bass line, but soft enough that it didn’t give my (very) faint head an ache.

Three of their singles have peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart, and they’ve beat out artists such as Lady Gaga, Passenger, American Authors, and A Great Big World. They have a contract with Epic Records, and with any luck they’ll have an album out soon.

Give them your ears for just a few minutes. I can assure you, you won’t regret it.

Ciao for now,

Mikki

Very Inspiring Blogger Award


very-inspiring-blogger-award-1I’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by the poetry blogger Stellular Scribe! The poems there are lovely, if you’d like to check them out. Thanks so much!

The rules for this award are as follows:

1. Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you. (Done! See above.)

2. List the rules and display the award. (Wow, so far, this doesn’t seem too hard.)

3. Share seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

5. Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

It seems like the next thing to do is to share seven things about myself. I almost feel like there might not be seven facts about me, but we’ll see.

1. I recently finished series 4 of Doctor Who. I love Captain Jack Harkness.

RenditionJack(With a face like this, how could I not?)

My favorite companion so far is Donna Noble.

donna2. I have a serious Tumblr problem.

Come on! I’ve only been on for a couple of months, and yet I’m already having these issues. Fortunately, it’s summer and there are fewer responsibilities to manage, but I really need to get my priorities in line before fall comes around.

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Like any good Tumblr kid, I have my ships and OTPs, but let’s just say those are . . . for another blogging platform.

3. Tomorrow, I’m leaving for New Mexico.

state-flag-new-mexicoI won’t be blogging much while I’m out there, partly because I need to spend time with family (etc. etc.) but mostly because of the slow internet connection. (Yes, I know. Priorities. *sigh*)

4. I’ve been learning guitar since September, and can proudly say I know over half of the songs in my “Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits for Easy Guitar” book. How much over half I will not say.

5. I believe puns are the purest form of humor. I’m not going to go spraying them out right now, because I never tell them without context––but there is no limit to how low I’ll go for he sake of a pun.

lord_of_the_puns_3_by_ds_owen-d792coj6. I dream of being an author. I’m going to be one of those really hipster-y, self discover-y writers living in a studio with a laptop and it’s going to be fantastic.

Nine-fantastic_zps40b2eaf87. I pronounce gif the right way, the way God intended––with a hard “g.”

Now for the 15 nominations. These blogs were selected based on how much I enjoy reading their posts, with no specific genre being covered. Drum roll please . . .

1. vicariously in love with you

2. solidifiedsentiments

3. Notquiteold

4. TeenGirlsthatWrite

5. Not a Punk Rocker

6. Desperately Unrehearsed

7. fashion, food, and flirts

8. peoplepudding

9. thingsmaiasays

10. Becky Says Things

11. 18yearsyoung

12. NotTheWorstNews

13. I Tried Being Tasteful…

14. anileabby

15. ifnoonereadsyourblogyouareablogger

This turned out to be a bigger project than I anticipated (and I have yet to tell those I’ve nominated that they’ve been nominated)! But I’m still grateful to Stellular Scribe for this opportunity. Thanks for reading!

Ciao for now,

Mikki

Spring Cleaning


care_n_clean_african_am_ladySpring cleaning is usually applied to the tidying of the indoors, but there’s no reason not to tidy up the blog too. There are several posts I’m considering taking down, for the sake of neatness. If there is anything that you would like me to keep up, let me know and I will leave it as-is. Here’s the current list, with links:

1. All posts under the category “Summer Vacation”

2. All posts under the category “The Seemingly Stupid Adventures of Non Sequitor” (In my opinion, these are kinda funny, but no one else seems to agree with me)

3. All posts under the category “Reblogs” (both of these are from blogs my friends had, and have since discontinued)

4. All posts under the category “My Life Inside of the Little City on a Computer Chip” (these will probably go up on their own blog, under a different title, when I’m done with Frozen Landscapes)

That is all for now, but I’ll post any updates if I decide to single out posts, either in the comments or in a new post.

Thank for any input. Please let me know if I am making good decisions!

Ciao for now,

Mikki

Why You Should Drop Everything and See Frozen


Yes, it’s a musical. Yes, the main characters are princesses. Yes, there is romance. But no, it is not just another romantic princess musical.

Unlike Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, and the rest of the crew, who exist solely to pine for a prince, these ladies have their own agendas. Elsa and Anna are here to discover themselves and everything that’s waiting for them in the world.

If the Oscars didn’t convince you to drop everything and see Frozen, maybe this post will.

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Elsa has powers she can’t control, and her struggle is learning to win the mental game, as in the song “Let It Go.” Her character is empowering to watch. She goes through this tremendous evolution once her secret is out, and that alone is fantastic. Despite seeming secondary to Anna’s character, she is my favorite.

I personally connected to her because she never had a romantic relationship throughout the entirety of the movie. In fact, she spends most of her life caged up inside her room in order to protect her sister. Despite not having a man, she can rise up to defeat her challenges. This is a message we never see enough of in the media, and it’s a liberating experience to watch that happen––not just for single ladies like me, but also for younger girls, and older girls, too, who need a reminder.

anna_in_frozen-wideAnna, the more featured of the two, learns what love really means. Disney seems to critique itself as she gets engaged to someone the night she meets him. Besides her fiancé, Hans, and herself, no one  is in support of this decision, although the couple-to-be do share an amazing love song. Elsa and another character both chew her out and are openly appalled by her engagement.

Like her sister, Anna goes through a metamorphosis, although it is more subtle. To go more in depth would give away some major plot points, but it is, assuredly, very satisfying.

Frozen is empowering, beautiful, and fun all at the same time. It’s got a great score and a great meaning, and it’s one of Disney’s steps into a new age of princesses. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, go see it now.

Ciao for now,

Mikki

Christina Perri


Many people know who Christina Perri is from her beautiful song “A Thousand Years” in Breaking Dawn Part I, but not everyone appreciates the beauty of her other music. Her heartbreaking pop ballads will, well, break your heart. They’re full of  piano and explosive vocals that force you to feel the song, whether you want to or not. Her lyrics carry a weight reminiscent of a ball and chain––heavy, holding you in place––instead of oozing with sugar and cream, like most pop artists’ songs.

For me, Christina Perri was a gateway into a sub-genre of pop, which makes a striking blend of synthesized, acoustic and powerful. I share this with you in the hopes that she will lead you in a similar direction.

1. Human is a song about letting someone you love control you. It’s clear that the narrator does not like living this way, and perhaps is considering ending the relationship. Despite its submissive verses, the belt-y chorus is empowering.

2. Jar of Hearts dives deep into the realm of leaving. Throughout the song, Perri tells the narrative of a person discovering strength inside herself, and learning that she can be better and do better than the one that broke her heart.

3. The Lonely, unlike the other songs in this post, is sad rather than angry. A contradiction of sorts, this song seems to radiate hollowness, carving out a hole in the chest of the listener. Anyone who has ever felt alone will connect to this song, as the title suggests.

Ciao for now,

Mikki

My New and Improved Bucket List for 2014


It was in 2012 that I first published a bucket list, and, after much deliberation, it does not honestly reflect the things that I want to do before I die. So, without further ado, here is the new and improved list (in no particular order whatsoever).

1. Have a jam session with my favorite band, New Hollow, or, at least, attend one of their concerts.

2. Look Paul Simon in the eye and shake his hand.

3. Write a book. Or several books.

4. Talk to an attractive stranger.

5. Release an album.

6. Fall in love.

7. Have my picture in the Rolling Stone.

8. Be worshiped the way J.K. Rowling is worshiped.

9. Work at a library (it will probably fit in here somewhere).

10. Visit every continent at least once, or travel the world.

11. Cross this off the list because everything else is done.

Frozen Landscapes: My New Story


Hey everyone!

I’ve decided to work on a story on a separate blog, at onefinalchanceforhumanity.wordpress.com. The story is called “Frozen Landscapes,” (working title) and here’s what it will be about (no spoilers, I promise).

A century in the future, humanity has been forced to live underground because of the harsh climate on the surface. Phoenix, the son of a powerful official, goes upstairs regularly to give away his clothes to the needy poor, whose ancestors decided to stay behind. On one fateful visit, he discovers an alien girl who has been dormant for decades, unnoticed. She wakens and together they have to prove that humanity is worth saving.

That’s as far as I can go without giving anything away.I Have the feeling that it will be a really great story, and encourage you to give it a look.

And don’t worry! I will still be posting to mikkiaaron, just maybe not as often.

Please check out the story (see link as listed previously), and share and give feedback!

Ciao for now,

Mikki

Hallo-winning!


I simply cannot wait until Halloween.

I know it’s not for another week and two days. Don’t remind me. I actually have a countdown app on my phone just for this holiday.

So far, the spooky season has been working out for me. A wonderful dress at Goodwill actually worked out, so I’m going as “Zombie Prom.” It’s going to be creepy-tastic.

There’s nothing not to like about Halloween. There’s candy, there are happy children, there are cheesy horror flicks, and there’s a great excuse to cosplay. It appeals to almost every demographic you can name. It’s just as commercial as Christmas, too: stores pop up in September that cater only to this festival of the frightening; Americans spend $370 million on pet costumes alone. Really, it’s the coolest holiday on the calendar. It rarely disappoints.

Remember when you were a child, trick-or-treating? the way complete strangers smiled as they passed out sweets? how you screamed at the plastic heads hanging in trees in front lawns? That’s the point of Halloween. Finally, a holiday dedicated solely to enjoyment. It’s just what everyone needs as they get settled into the stressful end-of-summer routines of school and work.

That’s why I’m crossing my fingers and begging Halloween to come sooner. For the love of fun!

Ciao for now,

Mikki